Coronavirus deaths in UK at lowest level since lockdown began in March – BBC News

The UK has recorded the lowest number of deaths from coronavirus since the lockdown began. 77 people died in the most recently recorded 24 hour period. There were no deaths reported in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It takes the total recorded coronavirus death toll in the UK to 40,542.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has denied that lives were lost because the lockdown was brought in too late. He was responding to criticism from a senior scientist who advises the government.

Meanwhile new quarantine rules for passengers entering the UK are coming into force. Three airlines have begun a legal challenge to the restrictions, which will require most people arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.

Mishal Husain presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes and Business Correspondent Katy Austin.

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